So, I just turned 27. Since I was 18, I've worked full time and gone to undergrad/grad school with the exception of a 2 year break between degrees when I only worked full time and lived in Japan.
I seriously have so much time on my hands *only* working full time. Full time work after full time work + school is like a vacation every day. It's like "oh, hmmm, let's see, today the only requirement of me is to work 8 hours with a few breaks and an hour lunch thrown into the mix". That's all. The end. Instead of work 8 hours and then go to two back to back once a week classes from 4 to 10 p.m., and then go to class two ADDITIONAL nights a week for three hours a pop, and then do homework and workout and go out on dates and get Obama elected and clip coupons and read the news every day.
Working is so easy. I can't wait to get out of training and get my real schedule so I can get a permanent weekly volunteer schedule down. I figure if I could spend 12 hours a week in class plus another 10+ studying I can give at least 10 hours a week to a worthy cause.
In conjunction with all of this, I'd like to take the time to say I don't have much sympathy for people without kids, married, single, or whatever, saying they don't have time to do X or take care of Y. No, you just don't choose to do X or take care of Y. Let's get real people. If you're working a regular ole' full time work week and you don't have kids or any other extenuating circumstances, you could be doing a lot more than you currently are. Just be honest and say "it's not important to me to work out/read the news/call my family/cook at home". Nothing wrong with different priorities! But don't act like it's a time issue. 'Cause it's not. It's a choice issue, and acting like you're not making choices just ensures that you'll continue to believe that you really don't have time to do something positive. When really you're spending that time elsewhere, say, writing rambly posts when you're tired and should be sleeping.
Speaking of sleeping, it's time to go to bed.